Friends of the Library Book Discussion Group
By Vivian Selecman
The Book Discussion group, an official program of the Friends of the Library, currently has about 20 members. They meet in the board room of the library on the second Wednesday of every month from 10:15 to noon to discuss a book which all members have read during the month. Books are chosen by consensus in July of each year, and include a wonderful variety.
The books read this current year include Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, by Reza Aslan; The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown, the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-or crew and their quest for an Olympic gold medal; Fever, by Mary Beth Keane, the story of the woman who became known as Typhoid Mary and The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery, a novel set in Paris about the residents of an apartment hotel and the concierge who inconspicuously observes them all. For December, they are reading George Washington’s Secret Six, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager, a true story of George Washington’s spies during our Revolutionary War.
The membership of this group is very flexible, some people come once or twice and decide it is not for them and some have been members for fifteen years. There is one man in the group and he would welcome company. If you like to read and discuss thoughtful provocative books, please feel free to join us. The book for January is the story of a woman who never really wanted to be a mother and her teen age son, who murders 9 people at his school.
Calendar Year 2015
by Vivian Selecman
An ongoing project of the Friends of the Library is the Books for Soldiers endeavor. From 2008 to 2013, when we had many troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, we sent 1,028 boxes containing 16,660 books to them. The last two years have seen a decrease in requests, but we have continued to honor those we can. One loyal volunteer has sent 120 boxes in the last few years. This year, she and three others have sent out 54 boxes to our troops overseas. This is not easy, as they must peruse a website for requests, choose books from our selection in the basement, pack the books and stand in line at the post office, then return to the library for reimbursement. These boxes contained 100 CD or DVD’s and 421 books. About $300 was spent for postage, all of which was collected in donation containers at the four book sales of the year.
We have received very few thank you letters this year. This may be due to postal office regulations that forbid us from including a letter as we used to, which included our address. But we know that our efforts are appreciated, as many thank you notes are posted to the website. The general public may check out this website at www.booksforsoldiers.com, but may not have access to troop requests or addresses. If anyone feels that they would like to be a part of this ongoing project, please contact Vivian Selecman at Selecman@msn.com or 379-2568 for more information.